Pay--to-Pray; AM-NEW YORK front cover

Bapopik at AOL.COM Bapopik at AOL.COM
Fri Feb 18 18:22:53 UTC 2005


We discussed "pay-to-say." It's usually "pay-to-play." From today's New York Post, 18 February 2005, pg. 31, col. 3:

The Bloomberg administration yesterday cameout against a move by city lawmakers to end Sunday parking-meter rules.
"The administration doesn't seem to understand how offensive it is for people [in] pay-to-pray situations," said Vincent Gentile (D-Brooklyn).

AM-NEW YORK, February 18-20, 2005, pg. 1:

_NY's nickname_

_Bloomberg wants to call the Big Apple,_
_"The World's Second Home"_


In the early '70s, Charles Gillett, president of the New York Convention and Visitors Bureau, rescued "The Big Apple" from obscurity for a new publicity campaign. In the 1920s, John J. Fitz (sic), a reporter for the Morning Telegraph, popularized the term when using it to refer to the city's racetracks, according to the Encyclopedia of New York City. He heard the phrase from black stablehands in New Orleans. In the 1930s, jazz musicians carred on the nickname.

(All right. So, if I have sex with Mike Piazza, maybe I can get the front page and credit for my work, too? And is the city finally going to look for the stablehands? Just askin'. Back to parking tickets--ed.)

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